UMass Campus - Fall
Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Application Instructions

Completing Your Application

In Completing Your Application please be mindful of the following sections:

Use your full legal name on all documents. Use this same full legal name on all of your application materials (including test scores). For U.S. citizens, this should be the name listed on your Social Security card.

If you intend to apply for financial aid, please enter your Social Security number accurately on your application. An omission or error will delay processing of your financial aid award.

Confirm that your mail address is correct and provide an email address that you will check frequently. Don’t forget to notify us if your mail or email address changes. Please add to your address book so that important emails from us do not go to your spam folder.

Providing this optional information on your ethnic background will assist the university in complying with state and federal laws and reporting requirements.

Selecting a Major

You are required to select both a first- and second-choice major, and the second-choice major must be different from the first.

All transfer students are required to declare a major and then be admissible to that major in order to be accepted to UMass Amherst.

Architecture, art, dance, and music majors should file an admission application with the Admissions Office early to facilitate the audition or portfolio review process.



This is a required part of the application. Take your time writing your essay. Get feedback from your parents, a favorite teacher, or your school counselor. Proofread it carefully. We want to know something about you. This is an ideal opportunity to provide further information not apparent in your transcripts and other materials.


Request that all the colleges/universities you have attended send an official transcript directly to Undergraduate Admissions (whether or not credit is desired). Photocopies, student copies, emailed electronic college transcripts are not acceptable. If you apply during your first semester of college studies after high school graduation, or from colleges with non-standard grading systems, you must also submit official high school transcripts.

Test Scores (Optional)

Beginning with the spring 2021 term, and continuing for each spring and fall term through spring 2023, we are making standardized tests optional for transfer students applying during their first year of college study. During this time, UMass Amherst will review applications with or without standardized test scores. 

We will continue to consider the rigor of students’ high school coursework in our assessment, and may request mid-term college grades if needed to make an admissions decision.

Other Application Information

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate their English language proficiency.


Please do not send non-required supporting documents or items such as photographs, recordings, writing samples, awards or commendations, etc. If you would like us to know about a relevant activity, talent or award, please include that information in your essay.

Letters of recommendation are not required for transfer students

Students who have not been enrolled in college course work for one or more semesters after high school graduation must provide an explanation about the reason for the gap(s) in their education. This may take the form of a resume, a list of activities, or an essay. Please upload your gap explanation to your student status page as "Gap Explanation Statement."

Submit Your Application & Check Status

Once we receive your application, you will be sent an email to the email address you provided on your application. The email will include a link to your Student Status Page, your Username and a PIN. You will then be requested to create a password for yourself. (Note that this email may be delayed slightly during our busiest periods.) This link will give you access to your Student Status Page throughout the admissions process.

It is important that you check you Student Status page regularly and submit any missing credentials. Note that UMass Amherst is no longer mailing admissions decisions; all decisions will be found online.

If you have any questions about your account or you have general questions related to the admissions process, please call Undergraduate Admissions at 413-545-0222.